Tacloban is a city in Eastern Visayas and the capital of the province of Leyte. It's the home of the Pintados Festival, a cultural event in Leyte commemorating the life and culture of the early settlers of Tacloban.
Tourist Information Centers
- Office of the City Mayor, 2nd Floor Tacloban City Hall.
- City Tourism Operations Office, Tacloban City Hall.
- City Tourism Information and Assistance Counter, Arrival Area, DZR Airport, San Jose.
- Provincial Tourism Office, Leyte Academic Center, Pawing, Palo, Leyte.
- Department of Tourism Regional Office No. 8.
- Bureau of Immigration Regional Office No. 8.
- Department of Foreign Affairs Regional Consular Office No. 8, SMED Center, Senator Enage Street.
Daily flights from Manila with Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia, about a 1h flight. Cebu Pacific has flights to/from Cebu every afternoon. No shipping line plies the route between Manila and Tacloban any more.
There are many ways to get from the airport to all over Tacloban City, especially downtown, which is where most of the fun and excitement happens.
Jeepneys are the cheapest way to get from the airport to downtown and cost an average of ₱10 for a one way trip downtown, for a taxi or pedicab you are looking at around ₱50-100; if asked for more, then you are being ripped off.
For visitors not familiar with the city, you hire a tricycle to get to your destination. It costs around ₱8 per ride.
Taxis operate from the airport to any part of the city. MLHuillier Taxi have the most number of units. Taxi service is now available from the hotel to fetch you to the airport or any destination within the city and sub-urban towns around Tacloban at a higher price. For pick-up from downtown hotels in Tacloban to the airport, the standard price is ₱250. More than this amount is above the norm. Be prepared with the exact amount as drivers may not always have loose change. When wanting taxi service at your hotel, ask the front desk, they have contacts with taxi operators and drivers. For out-of-city points, prices are negotiable.
Jeepneys are the cheapest way to travel all around the city. Although confusing at first, it may take you a while to adjust to the directions and the naming of the different sections of the city, if in doubt ask a local since everyone is very willing to help.
When walking around the city, crossing the streets, intersections, observe traffic rules as the city imposes its "anti-jaywalking ordinance." Some tourists and visitors who are used to the indifference of pedestrians in other cities in the Philippines, Tacloban could be a different place for them.
The feel of the city is not as urbanized as in other highly urbanized cities in the Philippines. So every visitor and locals alike who come from rural towns may mistakenly take for granted traffic rules. There is a tendency to disregard the local ordinances.
- Price Mansion, Justice Romualdez Street. Now, CAP Building served as the residence and headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur for three months.
- The Redona Residence, T. Claudio Street. official residence of President Sergio Osmena Sr. during the liberation period.
- The Leyte Provincial Capitol, Senator Enage St. was the seat of Philippine Commonwealth in 1944
- The Philippine-Japan Commemorative Peace Park, Magsaysay Boulevard. stone's throw away from city hall. it was donated by the Tokyo Survivors Associations in honor of soldiers and paramilitary personnel who perished in the area.
- The Maria Kanon Madonna of Peace Shrine, Magsaysay Boulevard. located near the city hall carved out of a rare Miyagi rock and fashioned by Japanese sculptor Shiniche Tani.
- Tacloban City Convention Center, Real Street, Sagkahan District. popularly known as the astrodome
- Calvary Hill. is where larger than life statues of Jesus Christ and other personages, in tableaux, depicting Christ sacrifice and sufferings.
- Crucified Christ and the Map of Leyte Pilgrim Monument, Magsaysay Boulevard.
- Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum, Real Street.
- Balyuan Amphitheater.
- Boy Scout Monument, Fatima Village.
- World War II Japanese Pillboxes, Baluarte, San Jose.
- Climb indoor walls at Bukid Outdoor Shop, P. Burgos Street.
- Cross the San Juanico Bridge. It is the longest bridge in the Philippines. It connects the city to the third biggest island of the Philippines, Samar. The bridge spans 2.14km and is one of the major tourist spots in the city.
- Play golf at San Juanico Golf Park and Courtry Club, Cabalawan Hills.
- Read classic books at The People's Center and Library, Real Street. It houses volumes of books from the US and Europe and other countries.
- Grand Santacruzan. May 30
- Tacloban City Charter Day.
- Balyu-an Rites.
- Subiran Regatta. It is a race of one-man native sailboats with outriggers locally called "subiran" along scenic and historic Leyte Gulf. The race is done without using a paddle but only skills and techniques to manuever the sail.
- Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival.
- Sangyaw Festival. June 29
- Barrio Fiesta. Leyte Landing Anniversary, October 20
- Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU), Salazar Steet.
- Leyte Normal University (LNU), Paterno Street.
- University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC), Magsaysay Boulevard.
- Robinsons mall. (about 4 kms from down town.). 10.00-20.00. has a big supermarket.
- Gaisano Capital Mall, J Romualdez street, ☎ +63 53-321-3993. 10.00-20.00. one of two Gaisano in Tacloban. both have same owner. and both are on the same street.
- Sidewalk vendors at Zamora Street, along Zamora Street between Rizal Avenue and Salazar Street. Great place to buy pasalubongs such as Moron, Sagmani and Binagol
- Calle Z, Independencia St. (Just ask the tricycle driver to bring you to this restaurant.). It has a homey ambiance.
- Ocho Grill.
- Pindoko's, Real Street. Sample the best barbecues in the Philippines at very reasonable prices.
- Zaibatsu Cafe Bar, Sen. Enage St (at right going to the provincial capitol from downtown Tacloban.).
- Elements Bar.
- Cafe Lucia.
- Jose Karlos Coffee.
- Bo's Cafe, Avenida Veteranos.
- Na Ning.
- GV Hotel, Corner of Juan Luna and Veteranos, ☎ +63 53 325 3142. Check-in: 12 noon, check-out: 12 noon. fan double rooms with own bathrooms and Cable TV. a/c single and double rooms all with own bathrooms and Cable TV. the GV Hotel in Tacloban has 137 rooms. ₱550/575/825.
- Asia Star Hotel. in the downtown area.
- Leyte Park Hotel. formerly one of Tacloban's well kept charms (actually a monument of its own comparable to the San Juanico Bridge) - now totally destroyed like most other buildings. There you will see a bird's eye view of the Canacabato Bay.
- Hotel Canelsa, Realmstar Building, corner Rizal Avenue and P. Burgos Street, Tacloban, ☎ +63 53 325-2341, +63 53 325-2342, +63 53 325-2343.
- Etsu Hotel, GYT Building, corner Rizal Avenue and Tarcela Street, Tacloban, ☎ +63 53 321-4165.
- XYZ hotel, Zamora street.
- Hotel Consuelo, Veteranos Avenue.
- Go Hotels, Robinson's Place.
- Hotel La Rica, Zamora Street.
- Hotel Rodolfo, Sto. Nino street.
- Hotel Lorenza, Veteranos Avenue.
The international telephone country code for the Philippines is 63. The area code for Tacloban is 53.
- Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. Senator Enage Street. Phone 53-3213129. (Government Hospital).
- Lavada Express Laundry and Dry Cleaning.
- Redemptorist Church, Real Street.
- Santo Niño Church, corner Real and Zamora Streets. It is considered as the main church of Tacloban City. It is home to the miraculous image of the Senor Santo Nino.
- MacArthur National Park, Palo, Leyte.
- Sohoton National Park, Basey, Samar. one of the biggest cave systems in the world.